Fireworks, barbecues and epic sales: It’s a recipe for an ideal Fourth of July. While we may be missing out on gatherings and parades due to coronavirus this Independence Day, you can still count on retailers and brands slashing prices on products across the board, from summer clothing to furniture. While some retailers are offering discounts in-store, you’ll also find plenty of savings online, so you can take advantage of deals regardless of how comfortable you feel about shopping in-person or what has re-opened in your neighborhood. If you do opt to head somewhere in-person, be sure to equip yourself with the best face mask.
The sheer number of Independence Day sales can be difficult to sort through, so we consulted Michael Bonebright, a consumer analyst from DealNews.com. He pointed out the best items to shop for during Independence Day and highlighted retailers that are offering big savings. Notably, Bonebright said Fourth of July sales only last for a day or two after the holiday: If there is something you’ve had your eye on, be sure to purchase it sooner than later.
What to shop for during July 4th sales
While many July 4th sales launched significantly earlier than usual this year — June 11 rather than the more typical June 22 — Bonebright said shoppers should not expect deals to linger. He believes sales will end by Monday, July 6, and said the best savings will be offered during the holiday weekend. Bonebright thinks it’s best to make purchases on or by Saturday, July 4, as inventory will begin to dwindle when Sunday approaches.
So what are the best things to buy this year? Bonebright said Independence Day sales are a great time to purchase hiking and camping gear. However, sales on items like tents and boots will only increase throughout the month, so he suggests watching prices before purchasing — if you’re not in a rush. You can also save on outdoor essentials that will deck out your backyard like grills, portable smokers and lawn toys. Clothing will also be deeply discounted since retailers want to get rid of their spring and summer stock. Bonebright has seen up to 80 percent off apparel, including apparel for warm weather. He recommends browsing through large department stores in the coming week. To help guide your initial scrolling, here are some of the largest sales from major brands and retailers this week.
Best Fourth of July sales
- ABC Carpet and Home is offering 30 percent off sitewide and in-stores through July 6.
- Aerosoles is offering 50 percent off summer sandals through July 9.
- American Eagle is offering up to 60 percent off sitewide for a limited time.
- Amerisleep is offering 30 percent off all mattresses with code AS30 and up to $1500 off adjustable bed sets.
- Best Buy is offering up to 40 percent off appliances like ovens and dishwashers.
- Bliss is offering 10 percent off its products at Target through July 4.
- Brooklyn Bedding is offering 25 percent off sitewide through July 7.
- Burrow is offering up to $500 off sofas and other discounts on furniture like coffee tables, rugs and wall shelves with code USA through July 12.
- Clarisonic is offering 50 percent off two or more attachments through July 5.
- Crane & Canopy is offering up to 70 percent off bedding, sheets, rugs and home décor through July 6.
- Enso Rings is offering up to 40 percent off select rings and bracelets.
- Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative is offering 10 percent off sitewide through July 4 with code FOURTH10.
- Greenpan is offering 40 percent off sitewide from July 2 to July 6.
- HP is offering up to 60 percent off select products (like this HP Stream 11 Pro Notebook PC)
- HUROM is offering up to 30 percent off select juicers and accessories through July 13.
- Idle Sleep is offering 30 percent off sitewide with code 4JULY3 through July 8. Use code 4JULYADJUST to get a free adjustable base with any mattress purchase
- Kate Spade is offering an extra 40 percent off sale items with code EXTRA40 through July 5.
- KiwiCo is offering 15 percent off sitewide with code FIREWORKS through July 6.
- MacKenzie-Childs is offering 50 percent off products like home decor and kitchenware through July
- Mellanni is offering a number of sales on its website with code BEDBUNDLES20 through July 7, like buy two items, get 15 percent off your order.
- Nest Bedding is offering 20 percent off purchases of $150 or more with code FIREWORKS through July 12.
- Old Navy is offering up to 60 percent off storewide on items like clothing, shoes and accessories.
- Osprey is offering 25 percent off select outdoor gear and up to 40 percent off last season’s products through July 6.
- prAna is offering 30 to 40 percent off men’s and women’s summer styles through July 5.
- REI is offering up to 50 percent off select clothing, shoes and outdoor gear through July 6.
- RVMattress.com is offering 25 percent off sitewide through July 7.
- Sephora is offering 30 percent off select IT Cosmetics products through July 6.
- SimpliSafe is offering 30 percent off any new system, plus a free SimpliCam security camera on any package purchased.
- Toms is offering up to 65 percent off summer styles for women, men and children.
- ULTA is offering up to 50 percent off select products.
- Walmart is offering deals on products across departments, like 50 percent off apparel and hundreds of dollars off patio dining sets.
- Zoma is offering $150 off mattresses with code WIN150 and 30 percent off adjustable beds.
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